I want to speak out, to fight the public stigma and to give a clearer picture of mental illness that most people know little about.
Talking about mental health problems should be as easy as talking about physical health problems - you wouldn't be ashamed or scared to tell someone you were ill would you? Being open about mental health goes a long way to breaking down the stigma. It's time to talk, it's Time to Change.
To do my best to help raise awareness of mental health problems! Can you pledge too?
Often the biggest problem people face isn’t actually the mental health problem, it’s the stigma that goes with it; being turned down for jobs, not being taken seriously, being cut off by friends. It's definitely time to change. To find out more visit www.time-to-change.org.uk
I'm pledging my support to Time to Change, because it's time we all understood more about mental health problems and how we can support friends and family.
Sarah Jane Crawford
Anyone can suffer from a mental health problem. I want to support organisations, like Time to Change, who are bringing mental health into the limelight so that people can openly discuss it. Not talking about mental health only stigmatises it further.
Dr Ranj Singh
Mental health problems don’t discriminate. They can affect anyone of any age, gender and background. We all know someone that has been affected in some way, yet we hesitate to talk about it. But talking is something that all of of us can do and can really make a big difference.
1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. It’s something we all need to be aware of. You don’t need to be an expert to make a difference, just be there and listen. I support Time to Change which helps to end stigma that people with a mental health problem face everyday.
We all have moments when life can feel like a struggle. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, a mental health problem can affect just about anyone. It’s something we shouldn’t be ashamed of and it’s something we all need to be open about. It’s time to talk. It’s time to change.
As a boxer, you can always see the opponent you're fighting. Mental health problems, and people's narrow-mindedness about them, are not so easy to see. That's why I pledge to support Time to Change - to help make this issue visible and something we can all fight together.
Mental health issues are just part of life and people can and do recover to lead full and successful lives. I'm pledging my support to help end mental health prejudice. When will you?